PRO 7 chief sees busy days ahead for police

January 6, 2010 11:36 pm 

CEBU CITY, Jan. 6 – Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Lani-o Nerez said the whole January will be hectic for them with the preparations and staging of the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City.

He said a coordinating conference will be held on Friday to finalize preparations for Sinulog security arrangements.

Nerez said they already assigned 100 officers to the Cebu City Police Office and will add 50 more to help them with the security requirements around Cebu City.

As in past Sinulog celebrations, tighter security measures will be in place at the Cebu City Sports Center, the main venue, and along the parade route.

Nerez said they will ask the Armed Forces of the Philippines to help them in the security needs for the several activities lined up in the run-up to the Sinulog Festival.

Nerez told his officers that he learned hotels in Cebu were already fully-booked for the Sinulog.

”We can expect a lot of tourists in Cebu and we should be doubling our efforts in bringing peace,” he said.

Nerez inspected the nozzles of issued firearms of all personnel of the PRO 7 and was satisfied to report that none of the personnel violated their directives.

Though there were cases of stray bullets, Nerez said there were other agencies that issued firearms to their members while there are also firearm holders who could be responsible for these.

He said that if any of the slugs were recovered, they would submit these to the Regional Crime Laboratory for a ballistics examination. If it matches a licensed firearm, they can trace the owner and charge him for indiscriminate firing.

This month, they will also be busy setting up a joint security center with the Commission on Elections and AFP.

At the end of the month, Cebu will also host the Asean Ministers of Education at a hotel in Lapu-Lapu City, which will be attended by top education officials of Asean-member countries. (PNA) LAP/EB/ad

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